Description

Ketalar is used to put you to sleep for surgery and to prevent pain and discomfort during certain medical tests or procedures.

Ketalar may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not be treated with Ketalar if you have untreated or uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure).

Tell your caregivers at once if you have serious side effects within 24 hours after you receive Ketalar, including severe confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts, or extreme fear.

Before taking this medicine

You should not receive Ketalar if you are allergic to it, or if you have untreated or uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure).

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • heart disease;
  • high blood pressure;
  • alcoholism; or
  • if you drink large amounts of alcohol.

Ketalar may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

Anesthesia medicine may affect brain development in a child under 3, or an unborn baby whose mother receives Ketalar during late pregnancy. These effects may be more likely when the anesthesia is used for 3 hours or longer, or used for repeated procedures. Effects on brain development could cause learning or behavior problems later in life.

Negative brain effects from anesthesia have been seen in animal studies. However, studies in human children receiving single short uses of anesthesia have not shown a likely effect on behavior or learning. More research is needed.

In some cases, your doctor may decide to postpone a surgery or procedure based on these risks. Treatment may not be delayed in the case of life-threatening conditions, medical emergencies, or surgery needed to correct certain birth defects.

Ask your doctor for information about all medicines that will be used during your surgery or procedure. Also ask how long the procedure will last.

It may not be safe to breast-feed shortly after receiving this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.

How is Ketalar given?

Ketalar is injected into a muscle, or as an infusion into a vein. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

Your breathing, blood pressure, heart function, and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving Ketalar.